Pumpkin Crunch Bars

September 9, 2017Deanna
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Pumpkin Crunch Bars are better than pumpkin pie. The shortbread crust has a touch of ground pecans in it for that crunch factor. One bite and you will be in love.

Pumpkin Crunch Bars are better than pumpkin pie. The shortbread crust has a touch of ground pecans in it for that crunch factor.

Tiny Break

I did not post last week. Why? Well, in all honesty, I took a break.

As you know I am trying to improve Seduction in the Kitchen. So I took off a tiny bit of time just for me. Sometimes you just have to do that, take time for yourself. If you don’t, you get burned out.

Pumpkin Crunch Bars are better than pumpkin pie. The shortbread crust has a touch of ground pecans in it for that crunch factor.

I Did It Myself!

I am a single woman. I live by myself. My family is in another state. When you are in my position you have to learn to do things by yourself.

Before I tell you why I am proud I did something by myself, let me give a little background. I am simply not good at mechanical things. Sure I built my own photography light like I showed you in Creating Your Own Food Photography Light.

That was the beginning of me being, well mechanical. When I was in high school, everyone had to take wood shop. I think I broke every machine in the woodshop trying to build a spice rack.

Anyway, this is going to sound funny, but in the middle of the night I somehow broke off my toilet seat. I was half asleep and fell off the toilet. The seat came with me, let’s say. I had to replace it. I am not mechanical, I did it, I replaced the seat. I didn’t ask for help, I did it on my own.

Pumpkin Crunch Bars

Pumpkin Crunch Bars are better than pumpkin pie. The shortbread crust has a touch of ground pecans in it for that crunch factor.

Now, what the heck does fixing a toilet have to do with Pumpkin Crunch Bars? It is the point. Something you might feel out of your comfort zone can surprise you when you actually do it.

For me, I am a girly girl that really should not handle a drill, yet I was able to fix my toilet all by myself. For some, it is baking. They are afraid to try something other than pre-made cookie dough.

Pumpkin Crunch Bars are better than pumpkin pie. The shortbread crust has a touch of ground pecans in it for that crunch factor.

I get it. I actually forced myself to step out my comfort zone. No wasn’t just the toilet. It was honestly with my photography. I actually tried some different things with these photos. I am used to being in my little box with white plates

I am used to being in my little box with white plates. This time I forced myself to use color instead. I used a prop to give softness. I redid my lighting. Sometimes you have to step outside that box to achieve something great. That is what baking is, stepping outside the box and doing steps for a great dessert.

 

Pumpkin Crunch Bars are better than pumpkin pie. The shortbread crust has a touch of ground pecans in it for that crunch factor.

Layer bars like lemon bars or this Pumpkin Crunch Bars might be intimidating because it is a 2 step baking process. The secret to doing a bar like this is simple, take your time. When you slow down and take your time you will be surprised what you can do. It can be a dessert like these Pumpkin Crunch Bars or installing a toilet seat.

Personally, I rather make this Pumpkin Crunch Bars than being a handy man. The pecans in the shortbread crust just give that crunch that makes these bars irresistible. then a pumpkin layer topped with a cream cheese drizzle. These Pumpkin Crunch Bars wont last long.

Pumpkin Crunch Bars are better than pumpkin pie. The shortbread crust has a touch of ground pecans in it for that crunch factor.

These Pumpkin Crunch Bars would pair wonderfully with:

PUMPKIN SMOOTHIE WITH BLUEBERRY SYRUP from Healing Tomato
SLOPPY JOE MAC AND CHEESE from Platter Talk
HOMEMADE TURKEY SWEET POTATO GREEN BEAN SOUP from Bunny’s Warm Oven

Pumpkin Crunch Bars

Preparation 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Serves 16     adjust servings

Pumpkin Crunch Bars are better than pumpkin pie. The shortbread crust has a touch of ground pecans in it for that crunch factor. One bite and you will be in love.

Ingredients

    Shortbread crust

    • 1⁄4 cup sugar
    • 1 cup flour
    • 1/4 cup ground pecans
    • 1⁄2 cup cold butter

    Pumpkin filling

    • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
    • 1 (29 ounce) can pumpkin
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
    • 2 (12 ounce) cans evaporated milk

    Cream Cheese Drizzle

    • 2 tablespoons cream cheese frosting
    • cup white chocolate chips

    Instructions

    • In a bowl, combine 1/4 cup of sugar, ground nuts, and flour
    • Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
    • Press into ungreased 13x9 baking pan.
    • In a bowl, combine eggs, pumpkin, salt, spices and 1 1/2 c sugar.
    • Stir in milk and pour over crust.
    • Bake at 425° for 15 minutes.
    • Reduce heat to 350° and bake for 50 to 55 minutes more or until filling is set.
    • Cool on wire rack, then cover and refrigerate.

    Cream Cheese Drizzle

    • Bring a pot of water to a boil.
    • Place a metal bowl on the top the pot and add the white chocolate chips to bowl
    • Add the cream cheese frosting to the bowl
    • keep mixing until the ever thing is melted and smooth.
    • Drizzle the cream cheese drizzle over the bars when they are cooled.
    • Cut the bars up and ENJOY!

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    Recipe Notes

     

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    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per ServingAs Served
    Calories 344kcal Calories from fat 135
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 15g23%
    Saturated Fat 8g40%
    Transfat 0g
    Cholesterol 70mg23%
    Sodium 223mg9%
    Carbohydrate 48g16%
    Dietary Fiber 2g8%
    Sugars 38g
    Protein 7g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Calories2000
    Total FatLess than65g
    Sat FatLess than25g
    CholesterolLess than300mg
    SodiumLess than2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate300g
    Dietary Fiber25g
    What do you think of this recipe? I'd love to hear about it! Leave me a note in the comment section below. To get to know me more, follow me on Instagram! This post may contain affiliate links.

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    9 Comments

    • Deanna

      Ginny

      September 9, 2017 at 11:37 pm

      Your lighting is fantastic! And I must say your pumpkin crunch bars aren’t too shabby either.

    • Deanna

      Emily

      September 10, 2017 at 5:02 am

      I love everything about these crunch bars, ginger, cinnamon, cloves….so festive and delicious!

    • Deanna

      Chrissie

      September 10, 2017 at 9:10 am

      Yum, these look really delicious!
      Chrissie

    • Deanna

      Julia

      September 10, 2017 at 9:18 am

      🙂 These pumpkin bars look delicious and easy to make! 🙂 Love your little bathroom story 🙂

    • Deanna

      Bintu – Recipes From A Pantry

      September 10, 2017 at 9:44 am

      I am always wondering what to do with pumpkin during the Halloween season and now I know. These pumpkin crunch bars look amazing

    • Deanna

      Amy @ The Cook Report

      September 10, 2017 at 10:15 am

      These look tasty, a different way of using pumpkin, love it!

    • Deanna

      Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

      September 12, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      These look amazing!!

    • Deanna

      Shelby

      September 13, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      LOL I love your story….and I’m NOT mechanical either so big KUDOS for doing it yourself!

    • Deanna

      Rose

      September 15, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      Pumpkin is healthy and delicious!

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